Dele Momodu, former presidential aspirant and the publisher of Ovation Magazine, has cautioned Nigerians against the newly formed Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM), saying that Obasanjo and members of the coalition are not saints as the country presently lacks men to form a third force.
Mr. Momodu added that the former Obasanjo-led Movement is not the answer to Nigeria’s problem.
According to him, nothing will change for the fact that politicians from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would form membership of the coalition.
In a lengthy write-up he shared on social media, he said, “There is no doubt that Nigeria is long overdue for a major overhaul, but it is not going to happen overnight. It may not happen in the next four-year sequence, but we must begin the journey in 2019.
“While the experiment being attempted by the COALITION FOR NIGERIA is desirable, every care must be taken to ensure that this does not make our situation worse. I wish to warn again, and do so repeatedly, that there are presently no saints to form a new Party or, indeed, force.
“APC would not have materialised if those PDP Governors and big moneybags did not throw their weight behind Buhari. It is gratifying to note that for now, the Coalition is making the right noises and saying that it is a pressure group.
“Given the fact that the period between now and the next elections is short and is almost upon us. What it seems would be most desirable to see, is members of the Coalition going back to the two main parties and taking over from them.
“Surely, the generality of the Nigerian public would back such a move by those seen to be a bit more principled than the rogues gallery that has held sway over our political lives for more than 40 years.
“However, this may not be feasible for now, since money continues to play a big part in politics and the ignorance and impoverishment of our people continues to be an impediment for such a civilian coup at the present moment.
“Therefore, the best way to go, for now, is to have a coalition of forces and make them form a government of national unity that would draw its personnel and operatives from the different political Parties, including some of the fringe Parties.
“Indeed, it was my sincere hope that the configuration of the APC following the merger of the opposition Parties before the 2015 elections would have led to such government.
“It is sad that from the very beginning the Party embarked on fratricidal, internecine and suicidal warfare from which it has not since emerged.”